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About Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe

Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe is perched on Black Will's Cliff, on Greater Boston's North Shore. The Athanas family restaurants are known for excellent seafood and American cuisine.

We do not accept reservations for The Tavern or deck.

153 Humphrey Street
Swampscott, MA 01907
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Rt. 129

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 595-5735

Website:
http://pier4.com/Hawthorne/index.html

Parking Details:
Complimentary Parking

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4
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3.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.4

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.2

Noise

Quiet

73% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (9)
Scenic View (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (3)
Romantic (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Casual (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great location on the water overlooking Boston with a nice traditional menu. Everything is
always beautifully prepared and graciously served.

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

view is amazing, food horrible waitress knew nothing about the food, every question we asked she had to go ask someone else.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

So romantic sitting at the window watching the boats at sunset. I'm in a wheelchair and it was so easy to get into the dining room.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

I proposed to my wife here 25 yrs ago and wanted to go back for the occasion. I made a reservation online with a note about that, hoping that they would realize the specialty of the occasion. When we arrived at 7 pm, it was pretty empty so they never looked at the reservation or asked us anything but simply took us to a table.

The whole place has changed and it now looks like a mediocre hotel conference room. Totally different from the cozy nook with separate entrance with 2 steps and wooden banister that I remember. NOT at all cozy.

Generous portions but not very good food. I ordered the sole which was reasonable but no special sauce or anything. Kind-a dry. It came with total simple white rice, that's it. No veggies or anything. For the price, I would have expected maybe 2 large pieces of fish instead of 3 but with some special way of serving it or something on the side but it simply came on a white plate without anything on the fish like a little piece of dill or whatever to make it look pretty. Just "no love" into the cooking or presentation of the food.

The staff seemed a bit disorganized. Trying hard to please but it just did not have a happy feel to it.

I suggest a complete overhaul of the place because the location is great. Good luck.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

As always, enjoyed dining at Anthony's ...Love Anthony's.. our favorite restaurant !
View is always spectacular as well as dinner and service is superb. Best popovers in the US! We brought a friend from Dallas and he raved how great, and Anthony's met all expectations on baked stuffed lobster.
Five Star!

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The service it was great, the view is great. The food it was ok, a bit expensive considering the quality. For the price we paid I would expected something more refined.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Very poor experience....Waiter was very poor, with drinks slow to come, no water refills, slow overall, no follow-up, or ever asking how everything was. Food was also major disappointment...it took over 1 hour to arrive and then most of the meals were cold! Manager did not even seem aware of all this! Nice ambience and view but very poor dining experience.... would never go back!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Dine there several times a year when in Boston area. Find food can be hit or miss. Usually order grilled fish. Sometimes excellent others dry. Portions smaller side. Staff usually very nice, but training could be better. Not particularly knowledgeable re menu. Views fantastic. And the popovers a special treat. Both reasons we keep going back.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Anthony's Pier 4 is always consistent. We took my Mother-in-law to celebrate her b-day and enjoyed sitting outdoors overlooking the Boston sky view. Food is always good as both my Hubby and I are picky and we almost always have good food at this restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We dined years ago quite often for special occasions at Anthony's Hawthorne by the Sea at this location. It was lovely and upscale with impeccable service and cuisine, especially seafood.

The venue has been let go, which surprised us.
The view of the harbor is second to none and the building overall is gorgeous.
Yet the carpeting looked filthy and worn and our table was a metal banquet table, which I was surprised to see, and the entire restaurant needed to be painted.

We had a great table at the window, but the grand window was dirty.
The restroom was also in need of some updates.

Our service was great - our waiter professional, prompt and knowledgable.

On to the food...
The Glover Salad was almost as we remembered - cold, crisp and flavorful.
Popovers and marinated mushrooms, just as delicious as they were decades ago.

The clams casino had the same original flavor, yet the entire filling was mousse - no pieces of clams at all, which made for a strange mouthfeel.
The scallops - plump, delicious light flour coating and fresh!
The lamb chops were OK...a bit overdone, but the ratatouille accompaniment was overly mushy and unpleasant, making it inedible.
Is it possible that the potato croquettes were frozen and out of a bag?!

I didn't research who runs the restaurant now, but would think the group is related to the former Anthony's restaurant management since many menu items remain.
One would hope that with such a premier venue and location, it would be restored to its original splendor and the overall quality of the food would be brought back.

Tags: Seasonal, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We were celebrating my 73 bday had a great meal and Olga our waitress provided excellent service

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Service and Food excellent...........you cannot find a better view over Mass Coastline

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The view from the outside balcony is amazing!! The seafood is really fantastic. The service was a little lackluster, but perhaps they were understaffed. But highly recommend for the food and views!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 3, 2017

It was July 4th and it was nice spot for dining and what made our experience GREAT. Was our waitress Shannon!!! Thank- you Shannon

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Such a beautiful view but such a pedestrian menu! It is improving somewhat. Keep it up. Let your food offerings be as ouutstanding as your location and vistas.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Wine steward (?) lacked personality .
His recommendation turned out well but he did little to describe our choices. For the price of a bottle of wine I would expect a little enthusiasm

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Anthony's Pier 4 continues to be one of my go-to restaurants locally. In the Summer months, they offer several variations of soft shell crab (which is my favorite). Although, many restaurants offer this locally, I find Anthony's the best. I love they pair this with a simple garlic butter sauce and the flavor is always delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Fabulous views with food to match. Excellent service , open dining room with tables a good distance apart. Definitely will go back

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Great lunch...super service and fantastic view. George from the management team was terrific..made our visit seem like a member in a private club..SIX STARS**

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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Was great to eat at Pier 4. Used to be a regular at Northern Ave location. Walking in tonight brought back many great memories. The dining room had awesome view, the server was a real pro!!! Food was typical Anthony's. Will return. This is a restaurant's restaurant!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Overall this was a fair experience; The restaurant is very run down and in need of sprucing up! The carpets are torn and patched with duct taped, the paint is peeling on the windows, the chair arms were all scratched and damaged.

Both the inside and outside of the restaurant have been neglected for years! The food was acceptable but the portions were ridiculously small for the money. I spent $30 for a piece of swordfish that came with nothing but a baked potato and was tiny! I had to spend another nine dollars to get a salad. This meal cost me $50 with tax and tip, no drink! I felt taken advantage of. I would not return anytime soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Love the ambiance and the popovers. For the price - the food was not outstanding. My son ordered fish and he enjoyed that very much. Lamb chops did not have much flavor and the steak was not as tender as I would expect. I would recommend that you stay with seafood. Lovely location!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We drove up from Boston and we were glad we did! We had a delightful meal overlooking the ocean. We will be back again next week for another graduation and plan to eat here again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Wonderful restaurant! Hope we can enjoy for many years to come.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

The service was extremely slow. It took 25 minutes to get a round of drinks while we were seated. Waitress was not very attentive to our party. I'll give her the benefit of the doubt, it was easter Sunday. The place was not overly busy though and it seem like there was plenty of waitstaff.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on April 10, 2017

We were celebrating a special occasion and enjoyed a window table overlooking the ocean. The bar in the tavern is small but also overlooks the ocean and sunset. The food was very good and prepared and served with nice touches. The service was a little slow but the server was very friendly and met most of our needs. We had been there many, many years ago and our return did not disappoint.

Tags: Fun, Waterfront, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Very nice atmosphere, and view. The food and service were mediocer, but the popovers are exceptional and well worth the trip.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

AP4C is not a place that I would recommend. Wait staff is terrible. Food is ok, but way too expensive for what you get!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Quiet Saturday evening, because it was one of the coldest nights of the year. The smaller crowd did not affect the enthusiasm of the waitstaff, or the quality of the food. This is one of the last old school fine dining seafood restaurants in the Boston area. It is only 10-15 minutes from the Airport and the food and the atmosphere are well-worth the drive. This is not a place where the chef's ego overtakes the food. It is the best available ingredients prepared the way they should be in New England. Fresh seafood does not have to be dressed up and combined with exotic ingredients, but they do season and prepare in a way that subtly makes it better than anywhere else.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on February 25, 2017

The restaurant is gorgeous, I love how the wait staff are dressed in Navy Whites, The view of Nahant Bay is stunning, My waiter was nervous, I think it might have been his first day, The oyster sampler app was delish, as well as the shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque was so thick w/out hardly any lobster pieces, 1/2 of my scallops were burnt and over cooked, my date's fisherman's platter was very skimpy considering it's the most expensive fisherman's platter in the neighborhood. The way my Martini was served was perfect. Chilled with the other 1/2 chilling in a tiny carafe full of ice, and I also admire how all meals were brought to table under a cloche. i almost forgot the yummy popovers and marinated mushrooms...so delicious. Unfortunately I didn't think it was worth the price of $180 including tip. I will probably go again, have a drink and look at the view. If the place upped it's game on food prep it would be a gem!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

old school charm and great fish are the norm at this north shore classic, great wine list and reasonable markups (around 50% vs 200% plus at most restaurants) great desert menu also. always pleases.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My husband and I had the most wonderful Valentines dinner. The food was amazing! We especially loved the popovers and mushrooms! The restaurant is so cozy and ambiance was wonderful! I also love coming in the summer to sit on the deck with a view of the ocean.

Tags: Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Service was slow. Food arrived barely warm. Steak cooked rare even though I asked for medium. Extremely disappointing evening.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Very overpriced - hardly any food just lots of potatoes.
Waiter was very grumpy. Overall a miserable experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

I've been going to Anthony's Pier 4 since the 70's and it never disappoints. Love the stuffed lobster and baked alaska. It's amazing. Also you can't miss out on the popovers. Yum like a puff of air. The view is spectacular in the daytime and at night you can see the city of Boston. Overall a must dining destination.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2017

I took my parents and daughter for an early dinner. The interior is gorgeous as is the view. I can't say enough about the staff, all were wonderful.
The food and prices are a whole other story. I just don't know where to start. Thank god for the popovers and mushrooms.
I wouldn't mind paying those prices if the food wasn't over cooked and watered down.
I would love to come back but you have got to do something about the quality of the food!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Waiter forgot items we ordered...No apology...Food was OK.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2016

This is my favorite restaurant. The pop overs and marinated mushrooms are delicious and the food is consistently excellent. It's always nice if you're by the window to see the water and whoever is on the beach. The baked Alaska is large and wonderful.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Perfect for our Annual Holiday Brunch! Always warm, friendly service, and a beautiful view.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Fantastic PopOvers!! The ambiance was surreal, and the food was excellent! Did I mention the PopOvers??

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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